EMIAC 98: 18th & 19th Century Metal Mining in the Peak District

Programme Details

A Derbyshire mine engine house

A Derbyshire mine engine house.


Image courtesy of the Peak District Historical Mines Society.

Organised by the Peak District Historical Mines Society and was scheduled for Saturday, 2nd May 2020 in Matlock.

The conference programme:

09:00 Registration and coffee

10:00 18th & 19th Century Lead Mining in the Peak: An overview

10:35 Excavating 18th & 19th Century steam engine houses

11:10 Setting the Record Straight: Three Derbyshire case studies

11:45 Diving to Depth at Deep Ecton Mine, one of the richest copper British mines

12:20 EMIAC Business Meeting

12:40 Lunch

13:50 Visit to the Magpie Mine.

16:30 Close of conference.

Cost of event: £15.00.

Cancelled due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

A dual economy of agriculture and mining dominated the area mainly west of the river Derwent between Wirksworth and Castleton for many centuries, mainly for lead, but also copper at Ecton and later, zinc and the gangue minerals such as fluorite and baryte. At its peak it employed 20,000 people who lived in some 50 nearby enlarged villages and hamlets.

The associated technology that developed was at the forefront of British and even World mining. The landscape has many features remaining, with some accessible underground workings having a particularly rich archaeology.

Magpie Mine

Probably the best example of a nineteenth century lead mine anywhere in the UK. The mine has a fascinating history spanning more than 200 years of bonanzas and failures, of bitter disputes and fights resulting in the "murder" of three miners, and a Widows' Curse that is said to remain to this day.

Postscript to the conference

Following government guidelines on the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, the conference was cancelled on 17th March.